This year I have planted quite a few different herbs in my garden areas, and this past week I have harvested and dried three of them. I have comfrey, yarrow, and linden flowers. The linden flowers are not really something that I planted myself, because it is a huge tree in the front of my yard, but every year at this time, the flowers come on strong on my tree and they are the most delightful smelling flowers ever. Here is my process of harvesting and drying these three particular herbs for medicine value.
Linden flowers or blossoms – great for the digestive system as a tea, commonly used in teas to soothe anxiety or panic, can be used in the bath water as a relaxing bath, and helps with insomnia when drank as a tea before bed time. It is known to help lower blood pressure, and to help restore the liver. Worth doing a little more research on this treasure! I like to use it in my salves that I make simply because it has the calming properties, and it makes them smell so delicious. I think I am going to try making a perfume with it before too long. I will post it when I do.
Here is a little blurb that someone wrote about the Linden tree, and I quote it here with the link to the original article. “Imagine yourself sitting under a tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through it’s shiny heart shaped leaves. High overhead you can hear honeybees lazily buzzing in and out of it’s perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of it’s healing energy. This is the Linden tree.” Love it!
This is the linden tree. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf
Comfrey is a well know plant for healing. I use it in my own miracle salve recipe that I make, as it has great properties for healing cuts, scrapes, bruises, and even bones. It can be used as a poultice or compress to help heal broken bones and is known for this. There is some controversy as to whether or not it should be taken internally. Some herbalists use it, and others will tell you not to. Do your research before taking it internally. It can cause damage to the liver, especially if taken often. It is a miracle herb in itself when it comes to healing and using in my salves.
Yarrow is a great little plant, and grows wild in pretty much every prairie or empty lot, and often in lawns around here. Yarrow is a great plant to know about. By using its feathery leaves and crunching them up, they can be placed over a wound to stop bleeding. It can also be drank as a tea to help stop bleeding internally and heal things like bleeding ulcers. I also will use this in my miracle salve recipe because of its properties to speed up healing. Yarrow also has some properties that act similar to aspirin and will help relieve pain. It is a great herb that affects so many different parts of the body, in fact some scientists say that it affects every part of the body in some small way. It is also known to promote sweating and is often given as a tea to help do this, to in turn break a fever.
Okay now for the drying part…….I dry the yarrow hanging upside down from my clothesline, and the comfrey and linden I just laid them flat on some trays. Each of these were completely dry in 48 hours, but then we have been having some pretty extreme heat around here.
And the finished products………..
Yay! I love harvesting and drying the herbs, and then using them in the medicines that I make. It is kind of a cool feeling to know that I actually understand what to know and use these things for. I love it!
Today, I am heading over to a small park that is not too far from my house and I will be harvesting some plantain. Plantain grows wild pretty much everywhere, but this one particular park it is thick and beautiful. I will take pictures.